Acknowledged by his brother, Sherlock, as the smarter, more observant of the two, the enigmatic Mycroft Holmes appeared in only four of the original Conan Doyle stories. With Against the Brotherhood and Embassy Row, novelist Quinn Fawcett introduced us to a part of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's world hitherto unexamined, and featured perhaps the most intriguing sleuth to come along since Sherlock himself. Fawcett has revealed Mycroft Holmes to be a major player in world politics, though he seems to rarely leave his home in Pall Mall. This new novel is sure to appeal to new readers and to fans of all things Holmesian.|
The Flying Scotsman is a luxury train and the fastest way to travel between London and Edinburgh. The Scotsman is also the secret escape route for a European prince who has narrowly escaped assassination at a royal wedding. The prince was in London to negotiate a treaty between his country and the United Kingdom; the British government believes that the assassination is an attempt to keep the treaty from being finalized and signed. Now he must be safely returned to his homeland.
Mycroft Holmes is assigned to be the Prince's protector. Posing as journalists, Mycroft and Paterson Guthrie, his able assistant and the chronicler of his adventures, board the Scotsman along with the Prince for what should be a quick pleasure trip to Scotland--one that is interrupted almost immediately by a death that may be another botched try at murder.
Guthrie soon spots some familiar faces among his fellow passengers. He and Mycroft have tangled with Sir Cameron Macmillan before. Is the Scottish laird merely heading home aboard the luxurious train, or is his evil political cabal behind the assassination attempts? Then there's Pauline Gatspy, the beautiful anarchist and sometime assassin. Is she after the Prince--or Guthrie?
The Flying Scotsman combines the established thrills and chills of the Mycroft Holmes series with the luxury and high society life of Scotland's version of the Orient Express.